Teacher of the Year – Tracey B. Williams

CONGRATULATIONS are in order to Ephesus Academy’s own Tracey B. Williams! Tracey received a wonderful surprise and honor at this years SCC Camp Meeting’s Education Hour, as she was recognized as South Central Conference’s TEACHER OF THE YEAR! Tracey has been a teacher of elementary education for many years and loves working with her students. One of the special characteristics of Tracey’s teaching is that she believes in making learning fun for her students and she connects with them even outside of the class. Tracey’s teachings are not only in the classroom, but they show in the life of her son, Solomon Williams, who is currently a student at Oakwood University and is a new entrepreneur of his established business, “Architexture Grooming Studio.”
We are fortunate and blessed to have Tracey as a teacher at our Academy. Take the time when you see Tracey to congratulate her on this outstanding achievement! Congratulations Tracey

Congratulations to Dr. Marcheta P. Evans

Bloomfield College has announced that Dr. Marcheta P. Evans will become the College’s 17th president beginning on June 1, 2019. She will succeed Richard A. Levao. Dr. Evans is both the first woman and African American to lead the College in its 150-year history. She was unanimously selected by the College’s Board of Trustees after a nationwide search by Academic Search, an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions. Dr. Evans has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education for twenty-five years at both public and private institutions, with twenty of those years at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) in the seventh largest city in the U.S., San Antonio, Texas. Bloomfield College holds the designations of a Predominately Black Institution (PBI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). “I am so humbled and honored to be selected as the 17th President of Bloomfield College. This is truly the fulfillment of a dream that was inspired by my grandparents as they raised me as a child during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s,” expressed Dr. Evans. “My heart is overflowing with this blessing and privilege. You will not find anyone more dedicated to the mission, vision, and goals of Bloomfield College as we move this great college forward with our commitment for diverse students to have access to an affordable education. We will become a national leader and role model for inclusive excellence.” View Special Video Message from Dr. Evans Currently the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Dr. Evans sequentially served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean at OLLU and Associate Dean and Department Chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has served as a faculty member for over 23 years and has the rank of Full Professor. Dr. Evans is a past President and Fellow of the American Counseling Association, past President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. A small sampling of these recognitions includes the Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Award, Yellow Rose of Texas Lifetime Educator Award, and Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award.
Dr. Evans has authored numerous articles and book chapters, focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues, and leadership. She has presented over one hundred times at the state, regional, national, and international levels addressing topics such as empowerment, multiculturalism, diversity, and leadership. In her international work, Dr. Evans has traveled extensively, including a length of time in the African country of Malawi where she worked with educators and counselors on literacy initiatives sponsored by USAID. Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, specializing in Student Affairs, Administration in Higher Education, and Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts degree in Education in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama. “Dr. Evans’ tenure at her previous institutions has been nothing short of transformative,” said William H. Turner, Chairman of the Board. “Her leadership qualities represent the academic and mission-based values of Bloomfield College, and we are delighted to welcome her to our community and campus.” Some of her career highlights include optimization of class sizes, which resulted in over $300,000 in revenue and cost-saving strategies; development of academic centers to enhance student success, which saw freshman retention rates rise from 56.2% to 68.2%; and modified the advising model through collaborative advising, cohort scheduling, student success initiatives, and strengths-based peer mentor/teaching that resulted in a 23% increase in first-year students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. President Richard A. Levao, who will retire after serving the College for 16 years, is excited for Bloomfield College’s next chapter with Dr. Evans at the helm. “The Bloomfield College community is extremely pleased to have Dr. Evans assume the leadership of this wonderful institution in its 150th year,” said President Levao. “Her experience, dedication to our College’s mission, as well as her personal warmth, energy, and compassion bodes well for the future of this College that so many of us love so well.” Dr. Evans and her husband, Edgar, are exceedingly proud parents of six children with five of whom graduated from minority-serving institutions. She and her husband are looking forward to moving to New Jersey.

Pastor Tyler Buford, Associate Pastor

Pastor Tyler Buford was baptized on July 22nd, 2006 confessing faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of his sins.  Two years after his conversion experience, God began to impress Pastor Buford that He wanted him to share his faith in a more public way.  Pastor Buford eventually obeyed these promptings from the Lord, changed his studies from Physical Therapy to Theology and committed his entire life to ministry. While attending Oakwood University, he traveled around the United States and the World sharing his faith in Jesus Christ.  During his final year in school, Pastor Buford was miraculously selected by the South Central Conference to carry sponsorship to Andrews University.
Pastor Buford has serves as the associate youth pastor for Grace Temple Seventh-day Adventist Church in Fort Worth, Texas (2011-2012); the interim youth pastor at Houston International SDA church (2014-2015); Ellen G. White Estate Research Assistant (2012-2015); Oakwood School of Religion Bible Worker (2014-2015); and NAPS volunteer.
Pastor Buford is happily married to Kristen Buford, who herself is a passionate educator and administrator, with ambitions to enhance Adventist Education.  When asked what his life goal is, Pastor Buford responds, “It’s the prayer I’ve had since I gave my life to Jesus at eighteen, Lord? Please save me and lead me down a path in life where I can bring the most people with me to heaven.”  Pastor Buford’s favorite scripture is Luke 1:17; ” And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

Welcome to our New Pastoral Staff

Welcome to our New Pastoral Staff
New Pastoral Installation
Sabbath, January 5, 2019
Pastor Larry Bailey
Associate Pastor Tyler Buford

Prayer Request

Prayer request boxes have been placed at each entrance of the church.  Please feel free to place your prayer requests in them.

Prayer Line

The Telephone Prayer line is open on:
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday at 6am and 6pm
Wednesday at 6am
Thursday and Friday at 6am and 12pm
Dial 515-739-1015
Access code: 337243850#